No prior rowing experience required.

ELIGIBILITY   Rising 7th Grade through 12th Grade Novice sessions are for rowers who have no or limited prior rowing experience and have not rowed in a high school spring rowing season.

OBJECTIVE The focus is on learning basic rowing skills.  The coach to rower ratio will be no greater than one coach per ten rowers.

WATER BOTTLE All participates will receive a reusable water bottle on the first day of the session.  To help reduce the use of disposal water bottles and keep our boathouse clean, rowers are encouraged to bring water daily in their new reusable water bottle.

MINI REGATTA  A mini regatta will be conducted on the last day of the session.  Details on the mini regatta will be handled out on the first day.

SWIM TEST All participants are required to have a swim test completed prior to the start of the session (no exceptions). The completed swim test certificate must be turned in on the first day of the session. Rowers will not be able to go on the water without submitted a completed swim test certificate. Forms

Copies of the following swim test certifications are accepted:

  • Swim Test Form signed by certified life guard or swim instructor
  • BSA Swim Merit Badge-signed White or Blue Card
  • Red Cross Life Guard Certification Card
  • Swim Team Participation Certificate with coach signature

The following items are not accepted as proof of swim:

  • Swim Team Trophies or Ribbons
  • Swim Team Meet Schedules
  • Swim Test Form signed by parents only

Note:  Swim tests are available at the Chinn Aquatic Center in Woodbridge.  Call to schedule an appointment.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION FORM All participants are required to submit a VHSL Feb 2017 Physical Examination Form completed by qualified medical personnel.  The form must have a doctor’s signature dated 1 January 2019 or later.  Ensure all four pages are completed with required signatures.  Make a copy to bring to the first day of rowing camp; keep the original for your records. Forms

Note:  Same day sports physicals are available from NextCare for $25.  Walk-ins are accepted.

REGISTRATION   Registration payment by debit or credit card online through the below link. No checks accepted.

Online Registration Link: NOVICE PROGRAMS

WAIT-LISTING Wait-lists will go into effect once the rower cap has been reached for that session. This may occur before the close date for the session. Register early to better ensure a seat in a boat. Check the invoice. If it says wait-listed, the debit or credit card HAS NOT been charged. The charge will not occur until after the rower has been moved from the wait-list. An email message will be sent before moving the rower from wait-listed to active status.

CANCELLATION A week session will be canceled if there are less than eight rowers registered by the Friday before the session starts. If a week session is canceled, the registee will be fully refunded or may transfer to another available week session.



Monday to Thursday, 9:00 to 11:00 AM; Friday, 9:00 to 12:00 PM

$150 per session – (5) 2-hour lessons

Session 1:  17 thru 21 June

  • Closes at mid-might 9 June
  • Late Registration: 10 to 15 June
  • Late Fee: Additional $20
  • Cap of 16 Rowers

Session 2:  15 thru 19 July

  • Closes at mid-might 7 July
  • Late Registration: 8 to 13 July
  • Late Fee: Additional $20
  • Cap of 16 Rowers

Session 3:  5 thru 9 August

  • Closes at mid-might 28 July
  • Late Registration: 29 July to 3 Aug
  • Late Fee: Additional $20
  • Cap of 16 Rowers


Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 4:00 to 6:00 PM

$225 per session – (9) 2-hour lessons

Session 1:  24 June thru 12 July

  • Closes at mid-might 16 June
  • Late Registration: 17 to 22 June
  • Late Fee: Additional $20
  • Cap of 16 Rowers

Session 2:  22 July thru 9 August

  • Closes at mid-might 14 July
  • Late Registration: 15 to 20 July
  • Late Fee: Additional $20
  • Cap of 16 Rowers

MISSED PRACTICES   If a rower will miss practice(s) due to family vacation or work, please inform the coach at the start of the session.

Oxford Boathouse, Lake Ridge Marina, Woodbridge, VA